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7 Top Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue

Bride and groom walking down a path at Ufford ParkYou've just become engaged and can't wait to book your wedding celebration - but do you know what you're looking for? Before you go dashing off to look around every wedding reception destination within a hundred miles, here are some top ideas to think about when choosing a wedding venue:

Communication is key

Have a chat with your future spouse about the type of wedding you would like and be prepared to compromise if you have different ideas, this could help prevent many differences (aka arguments) later! What time of year do you have in mind? Are you looking for a wedding in a stunning marquee, a relaxed or contemporary barn or a formal and elegant resort or hotel?

Civil or church wedding?

Deciding what kind of service you want will highlight the areas in which you should look for a wedding venue. If you’re having a civil ceremony it may be possible to have both the wedding and reception at the same venue, whereas if you’re having a church wedding the reception will need to be held elsewhere. Ideally your reception venue should be within a 15 to 30 minute radius of the wedding itself, if at all possible, to avoid spending too much time travelling between the two.

Decide on a budget

Working out a budget at an early stage will help you to shortlist possible wedding venues. Catering and alcohol usually take up quite a large chunk of your finances so remember to include them in your calculations.

Wedding guest numbers

Have a rough idea of attendee numbers before you start looking for a wedding venue or be prepared to alter your guest list. This should avoid the disappointment of visiting a gorgeous wedding venue only to find out it is either too big or too small for your wedding.

What's best for friends and families?

Don't forget about the guests who are not driving to your wedding. If you want to avoid incurring expensive taxi cab charges and hotel bills for them, or coach costs for you, look for a wedding venue near to where the majority of your guests live.

Your wedding date

If you've decided on a date for your special day and it's set in stone, check the availability of that date before you visit. If you're flexible about the day of the week, month, season, or even the year of your wedding you'll have a much broader choice of venues.

Seek expert advice

Wedding organisers can help you choose a wedding venue as they have experience of weddings at various locations. Wedding websites are useful because they have details of a wide range of wedding venues at your fingertips. If you'd like some assistance browsing for a location, a wedding venue finding service can help. Tell them your needs and they will search for a venue to suit you from their significant list of wedding venues - some of which could be privately owned.

Our friendly and experienced staff here at Ufford Park are on-hand to offer you support and guidance to help you plan your perfect day. For more information on our wedding packages, pricing and how we are able to tailor these for your dream day, please contact our Wedding Team on 01394 383555 ext.302 or email us at

Category: Weddings

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